Dec 24, 2020

By Gavin Day

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Political leaders of all levels of government shared messages of hope and warning to mark Christmas Eve.

Toronto mayor encourages people to ring bells for front-line workers on  Christmas Eve | CTV News

“This crisis will end and as a country, we will come out of it stronger and more united,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who predicts a much better 2021.

In his pre-recorded message, Trudeau says he’s been inspired to see neighbours helping neighbours, kids giving up play dates in the interests of public safety and front line workers putting themselves at risk and businesses retooling to help fight against COVID-19.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says this Christmas will be different with people advised to only keep celebrations confined to only with other people in the household.

But he sees reasons to be optimistic looking into next year and hopefully more normal celebrations next year.

“Even in the dark and cold that are such a feature at this time of year, even in the face of the tragedy and sacrifice that has marked the pandemic we are still experiencing, this is a time for joy, for celebration, for Thanksgiving and for hope,” said Tory.

A province wide lockdown kicks in on Boxing Day in Ontario.

Premier Doug Ford shared a Christmas Eve video that didn’t share his holiday message but just as a reminder to follow best practices to celebrate.

“Every time you take a trip, it puts people in Jeopardy,” said Ford. “Please, stay at home when you can. Only go out to get groceries, or for medical appointments or necessary trips.”

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